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Collective Agreements

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Bargaining Bulletins

For librarians and archivists

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.

 

UWOFA supports OCUFA’s legal challenge to Ford government’s attack on workers’ rights

At a recent emergency meeting of the Board of Directors of OCUFA, OCUFA entertained the possibility of either joining the OFL coalition, launching an independent challenge, not getting involved in a challenge, or intervene in one of the ongoing challenges. After considerable discussion, OCUFA introduced a motion and seconded by UWOFA that allows OCUFA to join the OFL coalition in launching a Charter challenge. UWOFA stands with OCUFA to defend the principle and the right to free and fair collective bargaining. All 17,000 OCUFA members are impacted by the introduction of this Act, and the Act has already affected the collective bargaining process with the UWOFA Librarians and Archivists who were stymied in their collective bargaining process this past fall.

UWOFA's Position on the Strategic Mandate Agreement 3

With the new year, Ontario universities begin the final year of the second phase of the province’s strategic mandate agreement. This second phase, or SMA2, runs from 2017 to 2020 and is part of a three-phased process which began with the implementation of phase 1 (2014 to 2017). The initiative is championed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and has been agreed to by 21 Ontario universities with the stated aim of “promoting student success and institutional excellence.” The agreements are aimed at encouraging “institutions to work with the government to help build a highly skilled workforce and also put an emphasis on collaboration and openness. They focus on each institution’s strengths to enhance quality and outcomes, as well as planned enrolment growth and financial sustainability.”

Bargaining Bulletin: A Collective Agreement

The UWOFA Librarians and Archivists began negotiations for a new contract almost seven

Bargaining Bulletin: Librarians and Archivists Ratify Agreement with Western Administration

The UWOFA librarian and archivist membership has voted to ratify the tentative collecti